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Meningitis in a butcher
  1. S S Rao1,
  2. A Mariathas2,
  3. L Teare2
  1. 1
    Princess Royal University Hospital, Orpington, Kent, UK
  2. 2
    Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex, UK
  1. Dr S S Rao, Princess Royal University Hospital, Orpington, Kent, UK; raoshwetha{at}


Streptococcus suis is a common pathogen in swine and infection in humans is rarely reported. When it does occur, it is considered an occupational risk associated with the handling of carcasses. Meningitis is one of the most life-threatening manifestations of S suis infection. This case of meningitis in a butcher is reported to create awareness of this zoonotic disease. The report highlights the importance of an occupational history and a meticulous general physical examination looking for cuts and abrasions in patients with suspicion of meningitis.

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  • Patient consent: Obtained.